After focusing on the O.J. Simpson murder trial in its inaugural season, Emmy-winning anthology television series American Crime Story plans to take on the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky sex scandal in a future season.
According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, Executive Producer Ryan Murphy has optioned the Jeffrey Toobin book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President. Toobin’s 1997 book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, formed the basis of the series’ first seasons, and Toobin was deeply involved in its production and served as a consultant to the writing staff.
Monica Lewinsky started as an unpaid White House intern at the age of 22 in summer 1995 and began a year-and-a-half sexual relationship with then-President Bill Clinton that November. Lewinsky was transferred to work at the Pentagon in April 1996, where she befriended co-worker Linda Tripp and confided in her details of the affair. Tripp taped their conversations and later shared them with Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who had launched a far-reaching investigation into Clinton’s failed land deals and sexual abuse claims against him. Clinton was eventually impeached by the House of Representatives but ultimately acquitted by the Senate.
Season two of American Crime Story is expected to premiere in 2018 and will focus on the Hurricane Katrina disaster and its fallout. Season three will chronicle the 1997 murder of legendary designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. Both seasons are currently in production. Since securing the rights to Toobon’s book, Murphy and his producers are reportedly “fast-tracking the drama” and are already in meetings with actresses to portray Lewinsky and Tripp.